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Sunday, May 6 • 11:00am - 11:50am
The Fandom Thread

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We inhabit a world of multiple and intersecting fandoms and nerdities. Fandom has always included an intersection of people interested in technologies, SF, fantasy, comics, horror, cosplay, alongside people devoted to one specific franchise or author. These variations and divisions have been heightened by recent cultural developments. Gaming of various sorts has bred multiple fandoms. Many mainstream readers embrace science fiction and fantasy. Whereas fans once had a couple of genre shows and movies at any one time and pretty much everyone had some familiarity with them, we now have a surfeit of franchises. Finally, the internet allows people with once-marginal interests to find each other-- it may even negate the need for Cons.

This panel seeks to examine the complexity of fandom in the twenty-first century, its intersections and its complications.

Speakers
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JD DeLuzio

JD DeLuzio grew up in northern Ontario and now lives midway between Detroit and Toronto with his wife, Nancy. He has written several short stories, numerous reviews (many at Bureau42.com), articles, and one collection of short fiction. His novel, The Con, will be published in the... Read More →
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Claire Winn

Claire is a science fiction and fantasy author represented by the Belcastro Literary Agency. A gamer at heart, she writes books that are fast-paced, snarky, and driven by fierce, flawed characters. Since graduating from Northwestern University, Claire has worked as a legal writer... Read More →



Sunday May 6, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Algonquin C/D